How often do you do nothing? Put your phone out of reach, turn off all screens, remove any distraction. Sit, be still. Nothing. Sounds odd, right?
It’s a little unsettling at first, especially if it’s been a while. I sat just this past Saturday for nearly 30 minutes, just letting my mind do whatever it wanted.
It was honestly a little uncomfortable at first. Without even trying, thoughts came rushing to the surface: to-do list, things undone, how I made someone feel, our budget and bills, the way our gas logs are starting to look charred.
It took a solid 5-10 minutes for it to finally quiet down. I’m so used to doing, planning, listening, thinking, processing, watching, learning, reading, writing, analyzing, working.
Take away the stimuli. Force yourself into stillness. Prepare for the pushback from a brain that’s probably not used to the subtle art of quiet. Some call it contemplation or meditation. Call it what you want, but it’s essential.
Why is this so important? It might seem like a waste of time, but I think it’s not unlike restarting a computer or taking a Sabbath. We were wired for a rest cycle, and unless we clean the slate regularly, we’ll inevitably slow down then break down.
If you’re like me, productivity, though valuable, doesn’t necessarily deserve the number one spot it often has on your priority list.
Yet so often we place it there. Does doing nothing make you feel a little guilty, anxious, uneasy? If so, you’re probably exactly the kind of person who needs to try it out.
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